Civil Rights Law

Civil Rights Litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 includes wrongful arrest, excessive force, malicious prosecution, failure to investigate, false imprisonment, and more. The law firm of Fisher & Byrialsen, PLLC, has a wide breadth of civil rights clients from those who were wrongfully arrested and jailed for a few nights to those who spent years in prison for crimes they did not commit. The attorneys at the firm have also represented individuals shot and beaten maliciously by the police in a variety of jurisdictions. The firm’s lawyers actively and aggressively pursue these cases and are not intimidated by the police or the government. The attorneys of firm have successfully settled over one hundred civil rights cases and taken many to trial.

Representative Cases
In Re McCray v. City of New York, et al. , 03 Civ. 0735 (S.D.N.Y.)(DB) – Also known as the Central Park Jogger case; a Section 1983 claim for malicious prosecution on behalf of one of the five young men exonerated of any responsibility for the rape and attempted murder of the “Central Park Jogger” in 1989. This case ultimately settled for $12,250,000 for the firm’s client, Mr. Wise.

Hector Ortiz v. The Port Authority of New York, 12 CV 3086 (E.D.N.Y) (RRM) – six figure jury verdict for a man severely beaten by Port Authority Police at John F. Kennedy Airport.

Caraballo-Degnan v. City of Jersey City, et al., U.S.D.C. 2:08-cv-03165 (D.N.J) (WJM). Large settlement obtained for man assaulted by Jersey City Police sustaining fractured skull and other serious injuries.

Fees
Fisher & Byrialsen, PLLC handles all civil rights cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that the firm does not get paid unless the case is successfully litigated or settled.